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Old 01-21-2011, 04:47 PM   #171
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I used to live about 2 miles north of Bastrop State Park, the mailing address was Paige, Tx. the only pine trees in central Texas are there.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:16 PM   #172
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Bus didn't make it!

Sadly, the bus did not make it very far last night. The batteries were dead, and I figured maybe one of my kids turned on a switch or something, plus it's been sitting for a while. Anyway, I jump started it and headed out, figuring the batteries would charge up enough on the 1 hour drive, and worst case I could get another jump start if I needed it. But then a few miles from home I noticed that my headlights and dash lights were getting dimmer, and my speedo and tach gauges were acting erratic. So I turned around and just got home before my headlights died altogether. I suspect that my alternator is dead. It's weird though because the AMPS gauge was reading right in the middle. The VOLTS gauge was bottomed out at zero. Am I correct that the VOLTS gauge is measuring just the batteries and is not related to the alternator? I'm wondering why my AMPS gauge was reading zero (which I believe would indicate "normal" since the 0 is in the center between -150 and +150.

Anyway, I'm charging the batteries with a charger now so I can take the bus to Auto Zone and get the alternator tested.

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Old 01-22-2011, 11:37 PM   #173
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

hate to hear that, I know you were looking to have a good time and let E1 see the bus, could you have a loose wire somewhere? good luck with it
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:23 AM   #174
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

My amp gauge reads zero no matter what. I assume that it's no worky. Voltmeter should read your chassis 12V system. If your voltmeter is reading zero, it doesn't work or your voltage is zero. Time to put your handheld voltmeter on it.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:04 AM   #175
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

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I used to live about 2 miles north of Bastrop State Park, the mailing address was Paige, Tx. the only pine trees in central Texas are there.
yep and thats one reasen your not goin to see me moving there to!
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:09 AM   #176
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Sadly, the bus did not make it very far last night. The batteries were dead, and I figured maybe one of my kids turned on a switch or something, plus it's been sitting for a while. Anyway, I jump started it and headed out, figuring the batteries would charge up enough on the 1 hour drive, and worst case I could get another jump start if I needed it. But then a few miles from home I noticed that my headlights and dash lights were getting dimmer, and my speedo and tach gauges were acting erratic. So I turned around and just got home before my headlights died altogether. I suspect that my alternator is dead. It's weird though because the AMPS gauge was reading right in the middle. The VOLTS gauge was bottomed out at zero. Am I correct that the VOLTS gauge is measuring just the batteries and is not related to the alternator? I'm wondering why my AMPS gauge was reading zero (which I believe would indicate "normal" since the 0 is in the center between -150 and +150.

Anyway, I'm charging the batteries with a charger now so I can take the bus to Auto Zone and get the alternator tested.

nope, when my anp gauge was working it moved from 50-100 amps with the rpm's
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:24 AM   #177
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

DD;

The voltage regulator in the alternator is shot. You'll need a new alternator if it's internal, or a new voltage regulator if it's external (usually internal, but the Ford designs are external for the most part).
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:38 AM   #178
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The voltage regulator in the alternator is shot. You'll need a new alternator if it's internal, or a new voltage regulator if it's external (usually internal, but the Ford designs are external for the most part).
yeah ford has to be back assword about every thing it does
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:08 PM   #179
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Get a multimeter if you have one. Put it on DC. Check voltage at the battery terminals or even better at the back of the alternator. It should read around 13.5 if the alternator is working. If the alternator is not working you will get a voltage reading of whats left in the battery even with the engine running. Assuming all connections are clean and in working condition.

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Old 02-20-2011, 01:15 AM   #180
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So it's been a while since I've posted an update, but I continue to plug away, ever so slowly, on the magic bus. I've got the bunk area pretty much done, walls are sheeted with luan on the outside and paneling I got for free off craigslist on the inside. Also got the pulleys set up so the upper bunks can be raised and lowered easily.

Also got one of the kitchen counters framed and paneled - just need to make drawers and doors. I'm also close to finishing the cabinet that will occupy the space opposite the one you see in the picture below. The port side cabinet will have drawers for cooking implements and spices, and it will hold coolers in the bottom space, and stovetops on the next shelf: one is a propane campstove and the other is an electric range. So depending on cirumstances I'll pull out one or the other to use on top of the counter. I anticipate doing most cooking outdoors, so the portability of the stoves will give me that flexibility. I'll probably screw the stoves onto boards so I can use a spring clamp to temporarily hold whichever one is in use onto the counter during travel... or something like that.

The starboard cabinet will have the sink on top and water heater underneath; and then any empty space will be drawers for other kitchen stuff. I'll also have upper cabinets running the length of the kitchen/dining/sitting area to contain food, pots and pans, etc. The space above the cabinets will have a toaster oven on one side and a perhaps small microwave on the other side.



I also covered the lower window of the rear door and the other side window. So now the only window that is not blacked out in the back is the upper door window. That one will have a curtain. I wanted to make sure I could look out the back if needed.

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